Rediscovered Show Becomes Oldest Surviving TV Anime, Reshowing This July

It’s a bit like Japan’s version of the ongoing Doctor Who scenario, just several tons lighter.

The oldest ever animated film to be produced for Japanese TV was rediscovered in a warehouse this February and it’s turned out to be in pretty good condition. Now, Mole’s Adventure‘s going to get another screening this July.

Here are some images, courtesy of Anime News Network and NTV.

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Seems to have the moon tripper set-up of the first Wallace and Gromit. And note how, unlike most of today’s anime, it was produced using cardboard cut-out techniques.

Not much was filmed in colour in 1958, but this was. And that’s lucky. Even those who remember it from the first airing probably saw it in black and white, so this really is quite the exciting discovery for Japanese toonheads.

The whole of Mole’s Adventure apparently clocks in at under nine minutes. That would be too short for a stand alone release on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK though, really, some of the oddball discs I’ve bought from Japan suggest they’ll release anything there’s any kind of audience for, and this bit of anime history will certainly have that.

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